“You Are a Gem” Air Plant Gift

We all know people who are gems because they brighten our lives like a sparkling diamond.

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Have you let them know lately how much they mean to you?

This Air Plant Gift tells them “You Are a Gem” with words and a gift.

Air plants get the majority of their nutrients from the air. That means they are extremely low-maintenance and easy to keep alive! They will last for years.

Air plants are also attractive and come in interesting shapes and textures.

A Gift That Makes a Statement

For my mother’s birthday, I gave her a beautiful Amethyst Crystal Air Plant Gift. It came with a gift box and a card that reads “You Are a Gem.”

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Edge Brownie Pan

For as long as I have known my husband, he loves eating the chewy edges of a brownie. One problem, there are only four edges to a regular pan.

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Guess what? Problem solved! I found a unique pan called the Edge Brownie Pan.

Made in the USA, this patented pan adds more chewy edges to every brownie it bakes. Now my husband is in brownie heaven!

The Brownie Pan for Edge Lovers

The Edge Brownie Pan is super heavy-duty and non-stick so it will never warp (like my other brownie pan). It’s also a lot easier to clean (a must for me).

I was not expecting a surprise bonus inside the box. A spatula and recipes–a thoughtful twist for their customers!

The recipes looked delicious for Marbled Cheesecake Brownies, Raspberry Pecan Blondies, Signature Cookie Bars (chocolate chips) and… the Ultimate Brownies.

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TableTopics Conversation Starters

Great conversations bring people closer together.

tabletopics-conversation-starters-holiday-giftWe might learn what makes someone happy, places they want to visit, funny stories from their past, or what makes them tick. When we get to know someone better, our relationship deepens.

Many great conversations begin with great questions. TableTopics make it easy to start fun and memorable conversations with family and friends.

TableTopics is one of Oprah’s “Favorite Things” and is the #1 best-selling conversations starters.

With the holidays coming up, we suggest bringing TableTopics to your next family gathering or dinner party.

It’s the perfect host or hostess gift and it’s calorie-free!

Start an Engaging Conversation with TableTopics

TableTopics include 135 question cards that come in an acrylic cube. Simple pull out a card and ask someone the question to begin engaging those around you in meaningful conversation.

Sample TableTopics questions include:

  • If you had to live with another family for a year which family would you choose?
  • Would you rather your parents hug you, praise you, or do something nice for you?
  • How are you different from everyone else?
  • Would you travel into space if you could?
  • Which TV show would you pick to live inside for a week?

TableTopics can be purchased in many different themes: Dinner Party, Family, Teen, Kids, Couples, Best Things Ever, Girls Night Out, What Would You Do, Happiness, and more!

A real conversation always contains an invitation. You are inviting another person to reveal herself or himself to you, to tell you who they are or what they want.  – David Whyte

Reinvent the Box of Chocolates

Maggie Louise Confections has reinvented the box of chocolates with color, personality and unique customization.

maggielouiseconfections-reinvent-box-of-chocolates-lipstick-thoughtful-gift-ideaEach box has fun bite-size chocolates to celebrate everyday indulgence.

The gourmet chocolate gift boxes and luxury confections are chocolate look-a-like creations of lipsticks, lips, jewels, precious stones, coffee cups, snowmen, mittens and the list goes on and on.

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Lightweight & Portable Nylon Hammock

When I think of a hammock, three things come to mind–rest, relaxation and sleep. With a portable hammock, you can enjoy those three things wherever you go!

lightweight-portable-nylon-hammock-giftDid you know the best hammocks are no longer made of rope?

They’re made of parachute nylon which makes them extremely soft and comfortable. It’s like sleeping in a cloud because the hammock stretches and conforms to your body.

The nylon material is also what makes them lightweight and portable, allowing them to pack down to a very compact size. A person doesn’t even have to roll or fold–simply shove the hammock back into the attached, small stuff sack.

In the stuff sack, a two-person hammock packs down to 6 inches X 9 inches. So small!

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Fill in the Blank Thank You Notes

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If children can write, they should write handwritten thank you notes.

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Gift givers like to know their gift was received and appreciated. By receiving a handwritten thank you card, they can be happy knowing it was!

A parent could write a thank you note on a child’s behalf, but it doesn’t have the same impact. Plus, parents miss out on teaching their child important life lessons in proper etiquette and in expressing gratitude and thankfulness.

My son, Aiden, recently celebrated his 6th birthday–Power Rangers style! He received all kinds of wonderful presents from family and friends.

Thank You Notes for Kids

I’ve had my son help with his thank you cards since the age of 3. Now that he is in kindergarten and can write words pretty well, I had him use Fill in the Blank Thank You Notes.

He isn’t use to writing entire sentences yet, so fill in the blanks thank you cards are perfect for his grade level and ability.

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Butterfly Fairy Hair Clips

I love handmade gifts. I remember watching my mother create beautiful gifts from vintage jewelry.

monarch-butterfly-fairy-hair-clips-thoughtful-gift-ideaMy mother and I would also help each other handcraft unique gift ideas waaay before Etsy ever came along. Mom would have loved Etsy.com where you can shop for anything made by creative people everywhere and where she could have shared her gifts too!

When an Etsy email pops up, I’m always curious to see who created what. Oh my… what a find this time. Butterflies!  They are exquisite!

Wild and Free Jewelry created by Corina Alulquoy Brown are inspired by the ocean, wildlife, and Native American culture. You have to look at her website!

Handmade Butterfly Hair Clips

My favorites are the beautifully handcrafted butterfly hair clips by Corina.

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“You Raise the Bar” Meaningful Gift

There are gifts that make you happy, and there are gifts that feed your soul because they are deeply meaningful.

you-raise-the-bar-meaningful-giftQueen Darlene gave me the most thoughtful birthday present this year.

She gave me a necklace with a silver bar with my initial “d” cut out of it. It was cute by itself, but let me tell you about the meaningful, heartful part…

In the card, she wrote to me:

You’ve Always Raised the Bar

“Diana, You’ve always raised the bar! And, no one can come close when you set your mind on whatever you choose to do! You are your own kind of incredible and that’s something to celebrate my precious friend!”

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Baby & Child 6-Piece Flatware Progress Set

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baby-child-flatware-progress-set-giftBabies outgrow baby items so quickly. But this baby shower gift grows with a child, getting years of use!

A silver baby spoon? Nah. No one has time to polish silver.

Kids Size Flatware

Go with a Baby & Child 6-Piece Flatware Progress Set instead! Progress sets come with a baby set of fork and two spoons of different shapes, and a child set of spoon, fork and knife.

The baby set is perfect for feeding baby food and the child set is perfect when children learn to feed themselves.

Oneida makes Baby & Child 6-Piece Flatware Progress Sets in adorable styles, including ones with hearts, teddy bears or ducks, that are stainless steel and dishwasher safe. They’re even packaged in a beautiful presentation box.

They’re so durable they can be passed down from generation to generation!

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Extreme Rock-Paper-Scissors

Remember playing rock, paper scissors? How about playing the game in a group setting to the extreme?

My office of 90+ employees meet quarterly for awards, updates and training and just for fun, we incorporate “not your usual” team building activities.rock-paper-scissors-trophy-thoughtful-gift-idea

In this game, employees battle it out to see who is the Rock-Paper-Scissors champion of the group, as losers of each mini-round cheer the remaining winners on!

How to Play Extreme Rock-Paper-Scissors

  1. Have each member of the group pair up for the first round of rock, paper, scissors. If there is an odd number, add the odd person out to another pair for a quick knock-out match.
  2. Play 3 games and the best 2 out of 3 will be the winner.
  3. The losers of the first match start cheering the name of the winner for their next game.
  4. All winners pair up and face off against each other while the ones they beat are cheering for them. When one winner beats the other, all the people behind the losing player start cheering for the winning player.
  5. Repeat this process in elimination until there are only two players left. Each should have a large group of people cheering them on from their previous wins. The game is over after one player wins the final match.

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